Simon & Tom Bloor

Simon & Tom Bloor’s work uses a range of media including publications, drawing, sculpture and installations. Taking cues from the visual language of mid 20th century art and design they look to history’s moments of utopian potential and flawed idealism. Recent works have focused on our ambivalent relationship with the post-war urban landscape from housing developments to public art to children’s play structures, appropriating, distilling and adjusting a familiar modernist aesthetic to playfully navigate a territory where nostalgia acts as a sort of utopia in reverse, presenting relics of a future that never happened.

Simon & Tom have recently had solo exhibitions at South London Gallery, Cooper Gallery Dundee, Modern Art Oxford and Eastside Projects, Birmingham and have made public works for Bristol City Council and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. They are currently developing large-scale permanent public artworks for London and Cambridge with Futurecity. Tom has also collaborated with Simon Bloor and Gavin Wade (as Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor) on a series of Kiosk projects based on Berthold Lubetkin’s 1936 designs for kiosks at Dudley Zoo that have taken place at Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam and the 2008 Folkestone Triennial, Kent (with Nils Norman). They are two of the six founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham.

www.simonandtombloor.com
www.kiosk1and2.org

Simon & Tom Bloor’s work uses a range of media including publications, drawing, sculpture and installations. Taking cues from the visual language of mid 20th century art and design they look to history’s moments of utopian potential and flawed idealism. Recent works have focused on our ambivalent relationship with the post-war urban landscape from housing developments to public art to children’s play structures, appropriating, distilling and adjusting a familiar modernist aesthetic to playfully navigate a territory where nostalgia acts as a sort of utopia in reverse, presenting relics of a future that never happened.

Simon & Tom have recently had solo exhibitions at South London Gallery, Cooper Gallery Dundee, Modern Art Oxford and Eastside Projects, Birmingham and have made public works for Bristol City Council and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. They are currently developing large-scale permanent public artworks for London and Cambridge with Futurecity. Tom has also collaborated with Simon Bloor and Gavin Wade (as Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor) on a series of Kiosk projects based on Berthold Lubetkin’s 1936 designs for kiosks at Dudley Zoo that have taken place at Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam and the 2008 Folkestone Triennial, Kent (with Nils Norman). They are two of the six founding directors of Eastside Projects, Birmingham.

www.simonandtombloor.com
www.kiosk1and2.org